Bridge renamed for fallen trooper

A bridge in Randolph County has been renamed to honor a local man.

The bridge on U.S. Route 33 near Bowden, formerly named Shaver’s Fork Bridge, has been renamed “Trooper Brian William Linn Memorial Bridge” in honor of trooper who lost his live in the line of duty in 2007.

People from all over the state attended the dedication ceremony on Saturday to honor the fallen trooper, including friends, family and colleagues.

“This is quite a tribute to my son,” Mary Snelson, Linn’s mother, said. “It reminds us all of the dangers that law enforcement face every day. They deserve all of the recognition that we can give them.”

Tom Linn, Brian Linn’s father, said that the dedication helps keep his son’s legacy alive.

Raymond Godwin gave a blessing of the bridge and a representative from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s office read a statement from Tomblin honoring Linn and his family, calling him “an inspiration,” “an extraordinary person” and “a remarkable West Virginian.”

Linn had a prominent military career before turning to law enforcement. An Elkins native, he joined the Army National Guard in April 2000 and was deployed to Camp Doha in Kuwiat as part of Operation Enduring Freedom before being transferred to A Battery 201st Field Artillery Unit. While serving in that unit, he was deployed in Scania, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Linn was honorably discharged in March 24, 2007 with the rank of specialist E-4, an Army Achievment Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Medal, an Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Devices and an Army Service and Driver’s Mechanical Badge.

Linn joined the West Virginia State Police in September 2005 and graduated from the West Virginia State Police Academy as a member of the 55th Cadet Class. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Police Science from Marshall University and was stationed in Charlestown and in Jefferson County where he was a resident of Martinsburg.

Linn lost his life in the line of duty while responding to a call for assistance by a fellow trooper at Kearneysville.

“This is a long overdue tribute for him,” said Sgt. M.L. Dickerson, who trained and worked with Linn as a State Trooper. “The community has to be proud to have such a great husband, son, father, trooper and West Virginian to give them assurance that one of their own is being honored.”